This Toronto vending machine is for serious bookophiles
By Freya Hammond-Williams
Books for everyone at The Monkey's Paw (Image: Stephen Fowler)
If you love mystery and are looking for a quick, cheap thrill, check out this book-vending machine — dubbed the Biblio-mat — at The Monkeyʼs Paw on Dundas West. Just pop in $2, and in a ﬂash, youʼll be the proud owner of a new, completely random book. The mystery comes from not knowing what book youʼll actually get. Intense.
According to Quill & Quire, the idea came about when The Monkey’s Pawʼs owner, Steven Fowler, was on a fishing trip with Craig Small. Fowler imagined a contraption with one of his assistants inside, doling out books. Small took the idea to the next level and built an actual vending machine. The Biblio-mat was born.
“Of the people who have used the thing so far, almost every person has been pleasantly surprised and completely amused,” Fowler told Quill & Quire. “I can think of two people who were dissatisfied with the book they got, but I can only assume they were people lacking in imagination and enthusiasm.”
While the Biblio-mat isnʼt for those who are looking for a speciﬁc read, it could make for a fun afternoon outing.
[Quill & Quire]